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January 09, 2009

The sea from the cliffs

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This is a very difficult time for my family. I would be grateful if Flea readers - particularly those of you in England - might consider a donation to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). The men in the lifeboats were heroes to my Mum as a child. She would tell us about them as she showed us the lifeboat memorial at Cromer.* It still gives me chills, the North Sea from those cliffs.

Goodbye, Mum.

"There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for awhile. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach."

* Henry Blogg GC, BEM (pdf)

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 9, 2009 06:14 AM

Comments

Sorry to hear this, Flea. Look after yourself.

Posted by: Occam's Carbuncle [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 9, 2009 10:58 AM

Sincere condolences, Nick. Sorry to hear your news.

Posted by: The_Campblog [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 9, 2009 11:16 AM

Thanks, gentlemen. And thanks to everyone by email.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 9, 2009 02:18 PM

I'm very sorry to hear of your loss, Nick.

Posted by: Nicholas [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 9, 2009 02:25 PM

My condolences to you and your family.

Posted by: cm [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 9, 2009 04:15 PM

Very sorry to hear, Nick. Will be donating in memoriam

Posted by: urthshu [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 9, 2009 04:44 PM

Sorry for your loss, Nick.

Posted by: Alan [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 9, 2009 08:20 PM

In 2000 I had the opportunity to wander Londontown for a long day, and stopped to read the names on the merchant marine memorial, in Trafalger. And the horror, of those lost at sea, and those who go down to the sea-side, and those who wait...like mom, who passed the year after.
Condolences.

Posted by: meleager99 [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 10, 2009 05:18 PM

It is clear she left a legacy of incalculable worth.

Head held high, Nick.

Posted by: Temujin [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 10, 2009 07:40 PM

You know that I'm over here if and when you need me, but I know that you know that already.

Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 10, 2009 08:21 PM